Posted on January 14, 2016 by Dr. Deah
If you are having that strange feeling that you have been here before, worry not...there is a very good likelihood that you have! Every January, for the past 6 years I have posted this video on my Facebook page and blog. Each year I hope it will be obsolete. Each year I DREAM it will be the last time I have to share it and I will get flooded with emails, texts and tweets begging me to,
DEJA POO: THE FEELING YOU HAVE HEARD THIS CRAP BEFORE!
“Drop it already Dr. Deah that’s old news!!! It doesn’t happen anymore. Move on to another cause.”BUT with Oprah at the helm of the new horrific WW campaign and the War against Obesity still being waged, I would say, we still have a long way to go. The good news, however, is that each and every person has the capacity to contribute to the progress we ARE making. No I am not talking about tax deductible financial contributions. I am talking about free speech donations! The power of informed conversations with others can not be overlooked. I know we are up against an ossified system comprised of diet, pharmaceutical, health care, and insurance companies, but all of those companies are made up of people and sometimes people's minds can be changed. And if that seems like too grandiose a statement, perhaps you will agree with me that the consumers of what those companies are selling have minds that may be open to change. I speak from personal experience as one of those former consumers. There was a time in my life when I went from diet to diet attributing failures of weight loss to myself and successes (weight loss accomplished) to the diet company. When the weight was inevitably gained back, the failure was placed, once again, squarely on my plate. I was a staunch believer that my body was a blight on society and that I would never and could never be loved or love myself as long as I didn't comply with the rules. But my mind was changed and now there is one less person lining the pockets of Jenny, Jean and Jillian and one more person available to change the minds of others who are still opting in to the weight cycling paradigm that is based on self-hate and false promises. Okay, that was a really long sentence but what I really want to emphasize is how great this Tri Delta video, is and how it reminds us that we don’t need to be a celebrity in order to make a difference. My mind was not changed by a famous person and my life is so much better because of my decision to LISTEN. I've said it before and I'll say it again, your voice is like a pebble thrown in the water. It has the power to cause a ripple effect, then a wave, and ultimately a CONSTRUCTIVE tsunami of attitudinal adjustment in this society. And so in the spirit of the New Year I am once again throwing a pebble in the water and I am asking you to please take a moment and watch this video. Even if you’ve seen it before, consider it a booster shot and go into the New Year loving your body, nurturing your body, and not taking crap from any-body about your-body. And maybe in January, 2017 I won’t have to post this again? In the spirit of MLK Day...I can dream can’t I? Healthy Weight Week is just around the bend and Canadian Eating Disorders Awareness Week is February 1-7, 2016 and American Eating Disorders Week is February 21-27, 2016 . Keep your eyes open for a new body positive magazine coming out in March!!! Fabuplus! Here is the link! Do you want to keep track of all of the Body Positive celebrations throughout the year? Grab a copy of The Calmanac! All sales in January from my website come with a free magnet with a body poz message! Til next time! Dr. Deah .
About Dr. Deah
Dr. Deah Schwartz, clinician, educator, and author specializes in Expressive Arts Therapies, Eating Disorders, and Body Image. Deah is the author of Dr. Deah's Calmanac: Your Interactive Monthly Guide for Cultivating a Positive Body Image and co-author of the NAAFA award winning Off-Broadway Play, Leftovers, and its companion DVD/Workbook Set. An outspoken “New Yawker,” Dr. Deah believes that it is everyone’s responsibility to point out and eliminate size discrimination even when it means battling the mainstream media, and even more challenging...family members! To find out more about Dr. Deah’s work or to book a session visit her website at www.drdeah.com
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